The debutant Lee was previously assistant director to Bong Joon-Ho on his film Memories of Murder (2003) and shares with his teacher not only a sharp eye for ordinary Koreans and their everyday problems with the authorities but also his narrative flair. Possessed is an effective horror story, but as the original Korean title, 'The Hell of the Unbelievers', indicates, there is a special social context. Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, shamanism and of course modern atheism exist side by side in the film, and this means that everyone reacts in different ways to inexplicable events.
When 13-year-old So-Jin disappears, her elder sister Hee-Jin returns to the apartment of their religious-maniac mother. The cop Tae-Hwan, who reluctantly has to take the case seriously, is confronted with more and more suicides that are difficult to explain rationally. And why does the sceptical Hee-Jin, who keeps having gruesome encounters with suicides, have to keep coughing?


Original title
Bul-shin-ji-ok
Filmmaker
Lee Yong-Ju
Premiere
International premiere
Country
South Korea
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
106’
Language
Korean
Producer
Jung Seung-hye, Cho Chul-hyun
Production Company
Achim Pictures, Tiger Pictures
Sales
Showbox/Mediaplex, Inc
Writer
Lee Yong-Ju
Cinematography
Jo Sang-Yoon
Editor
Kim Sang-Bum
Production Design
Kim Si-Yong
Sound Design
Bluecap
Music
Kim Hong-Jib
Cast
Nam Sang-mi
Website
http://showbox.co.kr/